A License To Kill The Competition

Domestic protectionism at its finest:

In 2012, Trisha Eck had a successful business selling over-the-counter whitening product and providing a clean, comfortable place for customers to apply the product to their own teeth. That is, until March 2014, when the Georgia Dental Board told her to shut down her business or face up to five years in jail and up to $500 in fines per customer. Unwilling to suffer those punishments, Trisha closed her business.

And why does the Georgia Dental Board, which includes 8 dentists, feel the need to shut down this business? Was Ms. Eck’s business a danger to her community? More like a danger to a dental cartel:

Dentists routinely charge up to five times more for teeth-whitening services similar to those Trisha offered. Rather than try to compete by lowering prices or improving their services, the Dental Board is using government power to put their competition out of business.

More proof how business licensure is designed to protect entrenched business interests at the expense of everyone else. And more reason to be anti-dentite.

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